Last night, following ‘Love & Hip Hop’ episode 3, VH1 aired a sneak peek of T.I.’s new reality series ‘T.I. and Tiny: The Family Hustle‘, which premieres Monday, Dec. 5.

The series is based on the post-prison life of rapper T.I., and the different hustles that T.I., Tiny and their children have going on. For instance, T.I.’s son Domani, whom he dotes on, is following in his father’s footsteps by picking up the mic.

Tiny’s friends, who sometimes travel with the couple on the road, provide the necessary drama in the series. But the focus seems to be primarily on cash money, and T.I.’s drive to keep the cash pipelines open now that his legal problems are over.

“No matter how long it took for me to get it right, it never get wrong again,” says T.I. emphatically.

He adds: “The most important thing to me in the world: God, family, hustle, in that order.”

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Earlier this week we told you about the fires that rapper T.I. ignited when he voiced his opinion on gays and the power they wield in the music industry.

In a cover story for VIBE magazine’s end of the year issue, T.I., 30, said “gay people are too sensitive” and he repeated an obscene joke about gay sex made by comedian Tracey Morgan before he too was shut down by the gay elite and forced to apologize.

It didn’t take long for the gays to strike back — and very soon thereafter, less than 72 hours later to be exact, T.I. crumbled under the pressure.

In a phone call to TMZ’s Harvey Levin yesterday, T.I. backed down from his earlier statements that one specialty group did not have the right to shut down the opinions of others because censorship is simply un-American.

Instead of sticking to his guns, T.I. allowed Levin to back him into a corner by agreeing that racism and the civil rights struggles somehow correlates with the current gay rights agenda.

Levin quickly put up a post with the headline: “T.I. [Says] Black People Can Be Oversensitive, Too”.

We’re not attacking T.I. because he supports, but the phone call, and its aftermath, were a disappointment to say the least.

Click HERE to hear the audio of the phone call or click the image above.

Usually when completely mismatched couples get together, the fake excitement and passion that they feel for one another is fueled by a brain chemical called Dopamine — not to be confused with eternal love.

This chemical helps to remove the hesitancy, uncertainty and doubts that one might feel so that they can quickly get to the matter at hand — hot, passionate, sticky sex in order to populate the earth.

The street drugs cocaine and Ecstasy work in much the same way.

So once that Dopamine stops leaking in their brains, some normalcy is restored and these couples are often left wondering what the heck they saw in each other in the first place.

That’s the dilemma that R&B crooner Usher Raymond and his ex-wife, Tameka Foster, faced before they got divorced. To complicate matters even further: they have two sons together.

Now word is spreading around the industry that Usher and Tameka are no longer on speaking terms with each other. They say that if Usher wants to communicate with Tameka he sends word through a liaison.

I also heard that Usher has much more than joint custody of his kids, and that the children are with him more than they are with Tameka. But, according to gossip website, that information appears to be inaccurate — Usher and Tameka still share joint custody of their boys, but now Tameka wants a judge to strip Usher of his parental rights because he closed her Saks Fifth Avenue card.

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An Atlanta business woman has come forward claiming she had a 13-year sexual relationship with GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain.

MyFOX Atlanta reports that “over the Thanksgiving weekend, FOX 5 senior I-Team reporter Dale Russell sat down with Ginger White, who had an amazing story to tell.”

“It was pretty simple,” White said. “It wasn’t complicated. I was aware that he was married. And I was also aware I was involved in a very inappropriate situation, relationship.”

Even before White’s story was known to the public, Mr. Cain went on CNN today and announced there would be another claim of infidelity made against him. He went on record denying the most recent allegations that had not been made yet.

Here’s an excerpt of a statement released by Mr. Cain’s Atlanta attorney Lin Wood today. The statement all but concedes that Mr. Cain was involved in a sexual relationship with Ms. White.

I have highlighted the key words in bold for emphasis.

This is not an accusation of harassment in the workplace – this is not an accusation of an assault – which are subject matters of legitimate inquiry to a political candidate. Rather, this appears to be an accusation of private, alleged consensual conduct between adults – a subject matter which is not a proper subject of inquiry by the media or the public. No individual, whether a private citizen, a candidate for public office or a public official, should be questioned about his or her private sexual life. The public’s right to know and the media’s right to report has boundaries and most certainly those boundaries end outside of one’s bedroom door.

Such a shame. I really had hopes that he would be a contender for U.S. President Barack Obama.

Attention whore Beyonce recently sat down with Katie Couric for an interview on ABC’s 20/20 where she basically rehashes what she’s already talked about in every other appearance that she’s made. It isn’t clear why Beyonce hungers for so much attention lately.

Every move Beyonce has made over the past 3 months has been orchestrated to put her front and center, in the national spotlight. This kind of attention-seeking behavior can’t be healthy for her.

The rumors must be true that Jay Z ignores Beyonce when they’re out of the public eye. And that he spends most of his time in the studio just to get away from her. Can you blame him?

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Actress Paula Patton covers the November 2011 issue of JEZEBEL magazine, which is based out of Atlanta. Patton, 35, is in heavy demand these days due to her coveted role as a beautiful secret spy in the action thriller Mission: Impossible, Ghost Protocol, starring Tom Cruise.

Patton says she didn’t have much confidence in snagging the plum role. So when she was called in to audition, she told the producers, “Come on, guys, don’t waste my time!”

The film hits theaters Dec. 15. The ‘Precious’ star is well-known in the black community, but this role is expected to place her squarely on Hollywood’s A-list.

Despite her many successes, Patton, who is married to R&B singer Robin Thicke, and has a toddler, Julian; reveals she prefers living in a fantasy world, because she “doesn’t like reality very much.”

This seems strange coming from a woman who, on the outside, seems to have everything. “I love my son; I love my husband; and then I want to take them into my dream world,” she told JEZEBEL.

“My dream is Paris, and good food, and beautiful sunsets, and no worries, and no stress and life floating on a cloud!”

JEZEBEL magazine’s Nov. 2011 issue featuring the 50 Most Beautiful Atlantans is on newsstands now!

Photography: John Russo
Styling by Erica Cloud and Karla Welch for The Wall Group
Hair by Robert Steinken for Clouttier Remix
Makeup by Jo Strettell for the Magnet Agency

In case you missed last night’s episode of the partially scripted Bravo Reality TV show, ‘Real Housewives of Atlanta,’ you can watch the full episode after the break. I didn’t watch the program last night, so I can’t fill you in on much. All I know is an infamous Atlanta male stripper by the name of “Ri-DICK-ulous” showed up at Kandi’s 35th birthday party and turnt it out.

But what is going on with Kim’s lips though? Why are they so puffy?

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According to Washington Post political analyst, Joseph Curl, U.S. President Barack Obama doesn’t want a second term in office. With less than a year to go before the 2012 presidential elections, Mr. Obama’s re-election campaign efforts have been virtually silent.

Curl writes:

There are only two ways to look at the Obama re-election campaign right now: Either the upstart candidate who stunned the world when he defeated the Clinton machine to capture the Democratic nomination three years ago has lost every bit of that massive mojo, or the bruised and battered president, after three years in office, just doesn’t want another spin in the Oval Office.

It’s obvious from Obama’s words and actions over the past two years that Obama is ready to throw the towel in and return to the private sector along with his wife and children.

From the day he was elected, Mr. Obama has made it clear to the American public that all he really wanted was to make history. Obama, who is considered by many to be a narcissist, didn’t sign up to work hard or to put up with disgruntled Americans seeking jobs and a stimulated economy.

Democratic strategists Patrick H. Caddell and Douglas Schoen don’t want to see Obama run for re-election. “He should step aside,” they wrote, “for the one candidate who would become, by acclamation, the nominee of the Democratic Party: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.”

Do you kids recall when I posted this Blind Item from the NY Post:

Which hip-hop artist drove up to his agent’s office in a $200,000 car, wearing a $50,000 wristwatch, to beg for money because he’s “dead broke” and needed $5,000 for child support? . . .

It turns out that the Blind Item might have been about rapper Bow Wow after all.

According to gossip website, the taxman cometh for both Bow Wow and singer Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins for unpaid taxes.

TMZ found documents filed in Florida by the federal government that says Weezy owes the government exactly $91,105.61 in unpaid taxes for the year 2006.

T-Boz’s tax troubles are a little more complicated.

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I remember the first time I met the Braxton Sisters, the singing siblings of superstar Toni Braxton. The chance meeting occurred in a hotel suite in Charlotte, NC in 1996. I was there to shoot a music conference for VIBE magazine, and I bumped into LA Reid’s brother, Bryant Reid, in the hotel lobby.

At the time Bryant was managing the Braxton Sisters, so he paid me to shoot a party he was having for the girls in his suite that night.

The picture on the right is one that I took in 1996. At the time, the group consisted of Towanda, left, and teenagers Tamar, 19, center, and Trina, 17. They had just released an album, titled So Many Ways, on Atlantic Records.

Last night, BET aired Soul Train Awards 2011 which was pre-taped in Atlanta on Nov. 17. Tamar was the highlight of the night as she sang a rousing tribute to Soul legend Gladys Knight, with Dave Hollister, Kenny Lattimore and Freddie Jackson backing Tamar up as the honorary Pips for the night.

Tamar’s performance surprised and electrified social networking sites like, where users compared her sultry vocals to her sister Toni Braxton, and even Beyonce!

Below are just a few of the thousands of positive tweets about Tamar’s performance from! By the way, Tamar’s sisters, Towanda and Trina Braxton will chat live with readers via Ustream right here on Wednesday! So check back for that.

Watch Tamar’s performance after the break!

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